The Assam government on Tuesday issued fresh guidelines for the Rass festival and Chhath Puja to be celebrated this month.

According to the guidelines issued by Assam State Disaster Management Authority, all organizers of the Raas Committee must take permission from the District Administration for organizing Raas festival 2021 as per existing rules.

The district administration will convene a meeting of all Rass Committee/Organisers for a detailed briefing on the protocol/guidelines issued by the government before giving permission in order to support the Rass Committees for the successful and safe celebration of Rass Festival maintaining COVID-19 appropriate protocol.

Organizers must keep adequate space for the arrangement of physical distancing between two seats as per COVID-19 protocol.

Entry and exit gates must be separated.

Thermal screening of visitors/staff is to be carried out at entry points. Only asymptomatic individuals shall be allowed inside the Raas venues.

No individual without a mask should be allowed inside to enter the premises.

Guidelines for observing Chhath Puja

All the places and routes leading to the celebration of sites/ghats and river banks etc. should be identified, sanitized and checked.

The puja committees should be directed to engage volunteers at the site of celebrations and necessary guidelines to the volunteers may be given with Do’s and Don‘ts.

Only five persons per family are allowed at a time in the puja ghats to maintain social distancing and other protocols of COVID-19.

The puja committees will ensure that only the religious rituals will be observed.

There shall be no Meta/cultural events in connection with the celebration of puja.

J-he puja committees will not allow any vendor, temporary tea stall/chat house etc. in the vicinity of the puja pandal.

All visitors to Puja location shall be subjected to thermal scanning by Puja organizers and no person with any symptom related to COVID-19 shall be allowed to enter the Puja pandals.

Strict compliance of social distancing, wearing mask, etc. are to be maintained.

All organizers and volunteers must be at least vaccinated with one dose of vaccine and preferably with two doses of vaccination.

In case any person/visitor to Puja pandal is suspected to be symptomatic with COVID-19, it will be the responsibility of the Puja organizers to inform the nearest Government medical facility and arrange for shifting of such persons to the nearest COVID treatment centre.

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